by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
August 24 - 31, 2014
selection of religion news stories from Australia.
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Inclusion here does not endorse the veracity or quality of any particular item – it just means
I found it worth reading and reflecting on (even if badly conceived or poorly written).
If you’re after the
unexpurgated (and reasonably unbiased) version,
see Religion News Australia which appears weekly on our website.
Church took 20 years to
defrock paedophile priest, inquiry hears (ABC
Aug 26 - It took more than 20 years and three requests to Rome to defrock a priest convicted of child sexual abuse, the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart has told an inquiry.
Church could treble
abuse compensation, says finance chief (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 26 - The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has been forced to provide the Royal Commission with its balance sheet and other private financial dealings, which reveal the church controls a vast portfolio of property and investments valued at $309 million and reaped almost $53 million in income last year.
Denis Hart defends role of celibacy in Catholic Church (ABC
Aug 27 - The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, has defended the place of celibacy in the church, even though he says it is a burden for some priests.
Bright, gregarious and
funny - but with a secret pain (The
Aug 30 – Sam Keating, who took his own life last month at the age of 25, hid a dark secret for nearly 20 years.
Nature tells us celibacy
is not natural, the Catholic Church should listen (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Aug 30 – (Opinion: Tom Elliott) THE ongoing Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse has already shone some welcome light into a variety of dark places.
George Pell's blindness
on child sex abuse (The Saturday Paper,
Aug 30 – (Opinion: Martin McKenzie-Murray) Emma’s anguish was an awful jigsaw to her parents.
Turning blind eye to sex
abuse of children is not a rare flaw (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 31 – (Opinion: Annabel Crabb) Most of us – if asked – would agree that the sexual abuse of children is about as bad as human behaviour gets.
Priest raises eyebrows
with Gosford Anglican Church signs on race, gay marriage and the media (ABC
Aug 27 - Father Rod Bower is not your average priest.
Tony Abbott to keep
secular workers out of school chaplaincy program (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 27 - The Abbott government is poised to announce a revamped school chaplaincy program following two High Court rulings that the program is constitutionally invalid.
Adrian Piccoli wants
feds to fund secular school 'chaplains' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 30 - Students felt safer and bullying had been reduced in public high schools with secular welfare officers, says an independent review that the NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has sent to the federal government after its push to fund religious-only chaplains in schools.
School chaplain v social
worker: It’s students who miss out (Adelaide
Aug 30 – (Opinion: Lainie Anderson) WHEN it comes to education, there are a few things I’ve never understood: how to work out a percentage; the value in learning to dissect a frog; and the need for chaplains in secular schools.
Hot topic: Religious
instruction in schools (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 31 – (Opinion: Jacqueline Maley) Imagine this: A Muslim zealot hands out offensive brochures in a public school.
Islamic State? No, call
it QSIS, says top Islamic authority in Egypt (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 25 - Cairo: The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign on Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State."
Isis: an apocalyptic
cult carving a place in the modern world (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 26 – (Opinion: John Gray) The rapid advance of Islamic State (Isis) through Iraq has produced panic in the west – not all of it irrational.
Dozens of Yazidi women
sold into marriage by Islamic State militants, activist group says (ABC
Aug 31 - Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants, an activist group says.
Islamic State offers grim inspiration (The West Australian)
Aug 31 - Nairobi (AFP) - Amid fears Islamic State fighters are inspiring jihadists outside the Middle East, analysts warn it has emboldened extremists in Africa operating in voids left by weak governments and rampant corruption.
One torn page of the
Koran sells at bargain auction for $74,000 (Brisbane Times)
Aug 25 - The pre-auction estimate was $40 to $60, which is where the early bidding started on the internet.
Radical Islamic preacher
Mohammed Junaid Thorne to spread the word of jihad on his Sydney tour (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Aug 27 - FIREBRAND Perth Islamic preacher Mohammed Junaid Thorne will hold “spiritual cleansing” sessions with radical followers in Sydney this week.
My Muslim religion has
problems that need fixing (The
Aug 29 – (Opinion: Glenn Mohammed) I am an Australian, I am a Muslim. I am an Australian Muslim.
dropped in letterboxes in Bondi and Double Bay (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Aug 26 - ANTI-SEMITIC flyers have been dropped in eastern Sydney letterboxes only weeks after a group of schoolchildren were racially abused on a bus in the area, a Jewish community figure says.
We won't demonise Muslim
community: PM (Brisbane Times)
Aug 26 - Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reassured coalition MPs the government doesn't intend to demonise the Islamic community with its expanded counter-terrorism laws.
Kevin Andrews books out
parliament room for anti-gay marriage conference (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 27 - Social services minister Kevin Andrews has booked out the main committee room of parliament house on behalf of an anti-gay marriage organisation which is linked to the controversial World Congress of Families.
Kevin Andrews cancels
appearance at controversial World Congress of Families meeting (ABC News)
Aug 29 - Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has cancelled a planned address to a controversial conference that endorses anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage messages.
Kevin Andrews cancels
plan to open World Congress of Families conference (The Australian)
Aug 29 - KEVIN Andrews’ decision not to speak at the controversial World Congress of Families conference is a cop out, the event’s new host says.
withdrawal from World Congress of Families reveals dilemma over religious right (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 31 – (Opinion: Josh Gordon) Robert Clark's last-minute decision to pull out of the World Congress of Families is a sign of just how flummoxed the Coalition has become when it comes to dealing with the religious right in Victoria.
George Brandis meets
Muslim ‘moderates’ over security issues (The Australian)
Aug 29 - ATTORNEY-General George Brandis will today meet key leaders from Sydney’s Muslim community to thrash out aspects of the Abbott government’s promise of “local engagement” to counter radicalisation of young Australians.
George Brandis meeting
leaves Muslim leaders frustrated with dialogue (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 31 - Community consultation over proposed anti-terrorism laws has been “insufficient” to allay concerns, a Muslim leader says.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Muslim unity bid over
terrorism laws ends in frustration (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 25 - The federal government's proposed anti-terrorism laws have provoked bitter in-fighting within the Muslim community with some leaders walking out of a "unity" meeting amid claims of deception and power-play.
Science, not God, saved
him from Ebola (The Age,
Aug 29 – (Opinion: Sam de Brito) The good news is Dr Kent Brantly, an American doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia, West Africa, has been cured of the deadly virus and released from hospital.
Uniting Church to dump
fossil fuel corporation investment (The
Aug 30 - The Uniting Church in Australia will stop investing in corporations that extract dirty or risky fossil fuels, saying it must do its part to support small island states at risk over global warming.
'Poverty 90% solved' by
traditional marriage, speaker tells World Congress of Families (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 31 - Ninety per cent of poverty could be solved through the affirmation of marriage between a man and woman, a contentious conference in Melbourne has heard.
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